Main content

Bogus Debt Advisors, Online Reviews, House Prices

The firms posing online as a trusted debt charity, misleading people seeking support.
House prices in some places still haven't recovered from their peak before the downturn.

Organisations have been posing online as a trusted debt charity and misleading people who are seeking support. The charity, Step Change, has spotted 48 different adverts from companies impersonating it online since the start of this year alone. The charity believes these organisations are making money by selling people's cases on to companies who provide debt services.

House prices in some parts of the UK still haven't recovered from their peak before the financial crash. A new industry analysis reveals that in 45 local council areas, house prices are still lower now than they were in 2007. Most are in the North of England.

Most of us make use of online reviews when we are choosing what to buy, but how can we trust what we read? We hears some tips on how to spot a review that was written or paid for by the company that's trying to sell products or services.

Producer: Kevin Mousley
Presenter: Winifred Robinson

Available now

40 minutes

Broadcast

Download the Smart Consumer podcast

Download the Smart Consumer podcast

Be in the know with the latest consumer stories, news and complaints with You & Yours.

Health

Health

A selection of the best health advice and discussions from You & Yours.

Lifestyle

Lifestyle

From hanging wallpaper to takeaway apps, some of our favourite features about lifestyle.

How do I avoid being ripped off by a scam?

How do I avoid being ripped off by a scam?

Take a look at our BBC iWonder guide for useful advice on the latest frauds.